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Entry DateSeptember 10, 2021
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NameLarissa Strath
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2. Tell us about your current program of research and/or activities and projects that you are currently involved in.

- Completed my PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2021, and my dissertation research looked at dietary and immune modulation of pain in animals and humans.

-Post doc with Yenisel Cruz-Almeida looking at how diet impacts brain-aging and epigenetic modifications, as well as continuing to explore how nutrition impacts the pain experience.

- Volunteer co-director of Cooking Well 501c3, a non-profit organization based out of Birmingham, AL that aims to provide free culinary and nutrition education to vulnerable populations. Additionally, Cooking Well provides preceptorships and training opportunities for graduate students completing their dietetic internships in preparation for becoming Registered Dietitians.

4. Where do you see your career going in the future? What are your goals and aspirations?

- Have a lab and faculty position of my own
- Continue to do community outreach to provide nutrition education
- Incorporate nutrition education as an intervention for chronic pain and premature aging

5. Tell us something fun that you do in your spare time or any hobbies that you enjoy.

- As an ex-collegiate soccer player, I am still very active and love to run, hike, and explore nature.
- Amateur painter.
- I have 2 cats (Sam and Faith) and a dog (Greta) that enjoy quiet nights at home snuggling on the couch!
- Cooking and recipe development! My love language is food so I enjoy entertaining and feeding people!!

3. Tell us about how you got involved in pain and/or aging research. Was there a moment that inspired you?

Serendipity! I met my PhD mentor Dr. Robert Sorge at an undergraduate research conference, and he convinced me to come to UAB and complete my PhD in his lab. I trusted him as he was also a fellow Canadian... and I am glad I did!! I fell in love with the research!!